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Campus takes steps against relationship violence

Members of the Penn College community – 124 strong, featuring a heavy turnout by Wildcat student-athletes – combined for 609,700 “Yards for Yeardley” in a national effort to spotlight healthy relationships. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, the college family walked, jogged, sprinted, rollerbladed and skateboarded the campus mall in memory of Yeardley Love, a University of Virginia lacrosse player beaten to death in 2010 by her ex-boyfriend. Student Affairs and Wildcat Athletics organized the event, which included wristbands, T-shirts and a successful “Stick It to Love” note-posting campaign. The group’s total yardage, accrued through laps that began and ended at the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center fountain, translates to nearly 350 miles.

– Photos by Rachel A. Eirmann, student photographer

Letting her silent voice be heard, loud and clear, in honor of Yeardley Love
Letting her silent voice be heard, loud and clear, in honor of Yeardley Love

Christopher D. Hogan, of Halifax, a member of the Wildcat cross-country team, sets the pace.
Christopher D. Hogan, of Halifax, a member of the Wildcat cross-country team, sets the pace.

Two members of the women's basketball team – Ja'Quela Dyer (left), of Dover, Del., and Tori P. Wolfe (right), of Dalmatia – stop in their tracks, along with Dyer's sister, Jonice, a culinary arts technology major.
Two members of the women’s basketball team – Ja’Quela Dyer (left), of Dover, Del., and Tori P. Wolfe (right), of Dalmatia – stop in their tracks, along with Dyer’s sister, Jonice, a culinary arts technology major.

Janelle R. Becker, a culinary arts and systems major from Fort Loudon, enjoys time with a canine friend that walked and ran along.
Janelle R. Becker, a culinary arts and systems major from Fort Loudon, enjoys time with a canine friend that walked and ran along.

Soccer teammates Charlee R. Marshall (left), of Snow Shoe, and Madison L. Kistler, of Kutztown, promote an interactive display of sticky notes listing what love is – and isn't.
Soccer teammates Charlee R. Marshall (left), of Snow Shoe, and Madison L. Kistler, of Kutztown, promote an interactive display of sticky notes listing what love is – and isn’t.

A few skateboarders add to the mix ...
A few skateboarders add to the mix …

... as does a blader, lapping other participants through benefit of wheels.
… as does a blader, lapping other participants through benefit of wheels.

Bracelets distributed by the One Love Foundation, founded in Love's memory, invoke the power to change the statistics on sexual abuse, assault and harassment.
Bracelets distributed by the One Love Foundation, founded in Love’s memory, invoke the power to change the statistics on sexual abuse, assault and harassment.